Finding new ways to use childhood favorites like Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal in easy desserts is always so fun! And super tasty. This recipe will make you feel nostalgic for those days of scarfing down the cinnamony sweetness of this cereal while reading the back of the cereal box before heading off to middle school. These delicious cinnamon toast crunch cookies are packed with cinnamon sugar flavor, crisp on the outside and just the perfect dessert to make with cereal.
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Desserts with Cereal in Them
If your family is anything like mine, we go through a lot of breakfast cereal. And, we always seem to have multiple half-opened, half-full boxes. Why is that?!
Well, I’ve started using up the leftover cereal to make delicious desserts! Like these Cinnamon Toast Crunch cookies.
What better way to combine flavors we love with desserts we love. And are bound to consume. Much more so than the leftover plain cereal for some strange reason….
Maximizing the Cinnamon flavor in these Cinnamon Toast Crunch cookies
In creating these cookies, I was looking for a crisp exterior to mimic the crispness of the Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal.
And, of course, I was looking for as much cinnamon sugar flavor as possible to capture the flavors of this breakfast cereal.
So, I added crushed up Cinnamon Toast Crunch to the batter along with lots of ground cinnamon. I also topped these Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cookies with more cereal. Cuz, well, why not?!
There’s no mistaking what they are when you look at them and certainly not when you take a bite!
This recipe calls for chilling the dough at least 12 hours before baking.
I tried baking them right away after making the dough and while they were good, the Cinnamon Toast Crunch flavor truly shines once the dough is allowed to come together overnight.
If you are looking for ways to boost the cinnamon flavor even more, see my tips below for infusing the butter with cinnamon.
Tips for Making Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cookies
- If you’ve been following along on kickassbaker for some time, you’ve probably noticed that I try to avoid chilling cookie dough before baking if there’s not a significant difference in the end product. In this Cinnamon Toast Crunch cookie recipe, I do recommend chilling the dough for at least 12 hours before baking. This allows the flavors of the cinnamon sugar to really blend into the cookie, producing a super flavorful bite. If you don’t have time to wait, go ahead and bake them right away! They’ll still be really good, just maybe not as much cinnamon flavor
- For a bigger boost of cinnamon flavor in these Cinnamon Toast Crunch cookies, try infusing the butter with cinnamon stick before making the dough. Start by melting the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Remove the melted butter from the heat and pour into a heat-proof bowl, adding in two cinnamon sticks. Cover and allow to steep for 15-30 minutes. (The longer you steep, the more cinnamon flavor you’ll extract.) Remove the cinnamon sticks and discard. Place the butter in the fridge until it begins to solidify, stirring every so often, about 25-35 minutes. Alternatively, you can refrigerate longer, or until ready to use. Remove from the fridge at least 30 minutes prior to baking to allow it to come to room temperature so its malleable. Follow instructions, using the infused butter in step 1
- For the crushed up Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal that you’ll add to the cookie dough, I recommend crushing it as finely as possible. You can do this by placing the cereal in a ziplock bag and pounding it with a mallet or end of a rolling pin. Or you can place the cereal in a food processor. The finer the better. I found that when I left the cereal in larger pieces, the texture of the cereal in the baked cookie was a bit too tough
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Looking for more cookie recipes? Give these a try:
- Fruity Pebble Cookies
- Milk Chocolate Toffee Cookies
- Salted Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies
- My Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
14 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories287
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 8.4g 43%
- Cholesterol 48.1mg 17%
- Sodium 224.3mg 10%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
- Sugars 20.7g
- Protein 2.8g 6%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
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